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CATEC develops new aerial manipulation technology
The Center for Advanced Aerospace Technologies (CATEC) has developed a new technology which enables UAS to carry out industrial contact inspections, it was announced on 5 October.
This new aerial contact technology, called AEROX, can be used in different industrial tasks, such as inspections in factories or aqueducts, where the task requires the UAS to 'touch and feel' rather than simply 'see' using sensing payloads.
AEROX is designed to minimise time and resources consumption, and decrease human risks when working at height.
Using sensors such as ultrasonic sensors, the UAS can carry out aerial manipulation tasks such as decoupling and dampening external structures that may hamper operations.
The initiative is part of the AEROARMS project, led by the University of Seville and funded by the European Commission programme Horizon 2020 for research and development.
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